Acupuncture is approximately 4,000-year-old healing art. Countless acupuncturists have been influencing Chinese Acupuncture since then, morphing it throughout history to a healing technique used for almost every human disease or condition. Famous acupuncturists developed traditions of acupuncture still in use today. Throughout time acupuncture has proved empirically its worth and reliability as a medicine.
All phenomena in the world can be understood according to Heaven, Earth and Humanity and is moved by Qi, the universal life force. The way the Qi flows in us humans are the meridians. The locations where the Qi gathers are the acupuncture points along the meridians. The flow of Qi is influenced by time experienced as the seasons of the year, space provided by our earth and activity as the doings of us humans. Qi is communicating, creating and maintaining our life from within and is always in motion. Acupuncture taps into this energy and is able to communicate with it. The guiding principles how the flow of Qi is understood are the complementary forces of Yin & Yang and the five phases of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
The meridians are providing a circulation of nourishing Qi which changes its quality throughout the spectrum of the five phases. The acupuncture points are influenced by the nourishing Qi, their location and host meridian which create the healing properties of the given point. The Chinese believed in relationships, family and society. An acupuncture formula combines different points for creating mutual relationships.
The ancient Chinese observed the cycles of nature and recognized that the natural rhythms of nature affect our lives. Being in sync with them is essential to our health and wellbeing. The movement in our body is similar to the great movement in the cosmos. The Stems and Branches theory has its roots in the cosmological Taoism and is a calendrical method to count the hours, days, months and years. (Based on the Chinese calendar.) It groups 10 heavenly stems and 12 earthly branches. Every year one stem and branch make a pair creating a recurring 60-years cycle of different combinations. According to Taoism, we are born from the interaction of Heaven and Earth. That means that we are influenced by the quality of time in the moment of our birth. The stems reflect the heavenly aspect in us, our deepest inner nature. The branches reflect the earthly aspect, our social character and functioning in the world.
Stems and Branches help the practitioner to understand the patient’s constitutional strengths and weaknesses. It can help to find the root cause for the problems the patient is experiencing. It can give guidance on how to tonify, balance and harmonize the patient in an ideal way.
At the Acupuncture appointment booking
An acupuncture appointment consists of an interview, pulse- and body diagnosis, a personal Chinese astrology chart and the treatment. In the interview we discuss about the history and present state of the patient’s symptoms. We also ask questions about the patient’s life style in order to get a general picture about the person. Pulse diagnosis and body palpation give us information about the signs, symptoms and the energetic state of the patient. Based on our diagnosis we choose appropriate acu-points for needling. We normally use 3-12 needles in one treatment. Our focus in treating is the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. As much as we are paying attention to the symptoms the patient is having, we are there to support the aspects which are healthy and balanced. Often it is the embodiment of wellness which can be the key to healing. This might mean that the patient has to make some changes in their daily life in order to create physical and mental space for the healing to happen. One can also come to a treatment for cultivating wellness and harmony. With acupuncture we can treat almost any physical, psychological or emotional problems. In general, acupuncture works very well as a health maintaining way. The sooner the symptoms are addressed, the better. Here is a list of areas with some examples which can be treated with acupuncture:
pain or tension in muscles, joints or bones
weak immune system, skin problems, allergy and difficult breathing
digestive disorders, painful abdomen
support for pregnancy and menopause
blood circulation issues
eyes, ears, nose and teeth problems
brain and nervous system disorders
emotional and psychological issues